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Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

Preparing will and power of attorney for challenging times areyouready_sign_sm

It was the year 2019 and my professor at the law practice program asked a simple question in a room filled with 200 students: “How many of you already have a will?” ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 1:44 PM

Social media deep dive: Digital details socialmedia_conveyor_sm

An individual’s use of social media and their preferences for handling those accounts on incapacity and death will depend on how they used those social platforms while living. As we have explored in the first three articles in this series, this can get complicated for estate planners. Here are the final reasons why: ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

Federal Court of Appeal affirms priority to Crown for unremitted HST over creditors twomenrippingmoney

The deemed trust provisions of the Excise Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-15 strike fear in lenders, and the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision of Toronto-Dominion Bank v. Canada 2020 FCA 80 has affirmed that lenders are right to be fearful. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

CHARITABLE TRUSTS - Termination, revocation and variation

Appeal by the Foundation from an order requiring it to return all monies in a Benevolent Fund to the respondent Society. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

Access to Justice: Visionary thinking to update a legacy system | Beverley McLachlin

In my last column, I wrote about the need to use the pandemic in which we find ourselves to rethink how we can improve the justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 1:19 PM

Social media deep dive: Client management socialmedia_conveyor_sm

As we have stated in the two previous articles in this series, an individual’s use of social media and their preferences for handling those accounts on incapacity and death will depend on how they used those social platforms while living. This can get complicated for estate planners. The last article talked about three of the reasons for this. Here are some more: ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 9:38 AM - Last Updated: Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

Litigators’ champion celebrates five years at SCC, looks forward to five more years TLD Exclusive button

On a bench otherwise made up of ex-law deans, former senior civil servants and longtime judges, Justice Suzanne Côté’s unique brief, handed to her when she was appointed five years ago, requires her to convey the practising bar’s perspective to the Supreme Court of Canada, even when it sometimes takes her down solitary paths. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

Equality, diversity requirements for lawyers in Ontario | Amrita Tamber

It has been a slow road, but over the past few years the legal profession has started to make small strides towards greater inclusivity. Although women and minorities comprise a growing number of legal professionals, they still remain significantly under-represented in senior leadership roles. In recent years, the statistics show that 43 per cent of lawyers identified as women and 29 per cent identified as a visible minority. An increase in senior leadership diversity may result in an increase in proportional representation from the top down. ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 10:44 AM

Employment sector Trudeau forgot Dadworkingfromhome

The federal and provincial governments have introduced various new assistance programs aimed at helping employers and employees sustain their businesses and at improving our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are critical to surviving the pandemic. Some of the most popular and valuable programs include: ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 2:28 PM

Potential personal liability of estate trustees and their lawyers advice_legal_sm

When it comes to the doctrines of plene administravit and devastavit, timing is important. ... [read more]